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Diana Gildea

Abstract

Color blindness, the end of race, and white privilege are but a few phrases that begin to capture the messy confusion of a zeitgeist that is 21st century discussions on race. At a time when race is such a necessary topic to delve into, it seems that there is a lack of history injected into the conversation. Race becomes an external motor of history, racism pathological and immovable. An unthinking decision. In other words, race and racism, from the standpoint of an organizer or academic in the 21st century, becomes near impossible to break down and work against. This paper is first and foremost an effort in accordance with scholars like Theodore Allen, Noel Ignatiev, and Barbara Fields, who seek to historicize race and racism in an effort to organize against white supremacy. Such an effort will require an analysis of (1) the system these processes take place in, the Capitalocene, (2) the ways in which whiteness changes over time, enlarging and becoming stratified, and (3) the racialized, contradictory spaces made under the Capitalocene. All to open up ontological fractures that can work against and within/through capitalism and white supremacy.

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